Pamba: His present duty is to provide assistance to devotees reaching the Lord Ayyappa Temple and ensure their safety and security. But R Suresh Kumar, a civil police officer based at the Karunagappally station, has won many hearts for a different reason. He recently returned a bundle of Rs 2 lakh to the man who had lost it.
Suresh was returning home after visiting a jewellery in Kollam on November 30, a day before he went on Sabarimala duty, when he spotted wads of Rs 2,000 notes bound with rubber band lying on the street. He picked up the bundle and handed it over to the jewellery staff, presuming that the money was probably fallen off from the waist pouch of some elderly man. He also guessed that the person who had lost it might have come to the jewellery to purchase gold with borrowed money.
His police instincts and deductive reasoning later proved to be true.
Lucky father of bride
Balachandran Pillai of Theruvilamukku Bungalow in Thekkumbhagam, near Chavara, was left heartbroken when he came to know that he lost all the money that he had been saving for years to buy gold for her daughter’s marriage. He entertained little hope of getting it back when he went to the jewellery as a last-ditch effort. He could not believe his eyes when the jewellery owner handed him over the cash, saying that it was left there by a policeman.
Pillai heaved a sigh of relief and left the jewellery in a hurry in order to meet the noble soul in khaki and thank him. When the two met, he hugged Suresh and cried.
He also invited the cop to the wedding of his daughter Paravathy which was scheduled for December 2. However, Suresh could not attend the function due to prior commitments.
“I believe it was the blessing of Lord Ayyappa that I happened to spot the money and return it to the family. I think I’m being posted at Pamba to help devotees visiting the hill shrine as per Ayyappa’s wish,” said Suresh, who mans the area near the guard room at Pamba.